I was surprised that this restaurant received a four star rating. To me, it was overrated. We started with a calamari appetizer, but it was hard and over fried. At $12, we thought it should be better. When we noted the poor preparation to the waiter, instead of offering an apology or remedy, he said "Really? Everybody usually likes it." To be fair, the entrées were good, but not worth the price (lunch for 2, no drinks, 1 appetizer, $75 with tip). Later, a friend told me this isn't really an Italian- or French-run restaurant, but one run by Turkish people. I have no problem with any nationality, but I prefer to support more "authentic" restaurants. I'm sticking with Aldo's in Los Altos for Italian and Left Bank in Menlo Park for French.
The service and ambiance was very nice. There was low key live music too. However, the food itself was overpriced. The meat was cooked correctly but the sauces were very disappointing. So too was the wine recommended and the bread/dip.
Valentines special menu was very nice and the free gift a nice touch. Food was good although steak was warm not hot. Felt a bit rushed but understand why. Have been here on other occasions and it’s consistently good.
We celebrated Valentine's Day at La Fontaine. The special menu for the day had many excellent choices. The service was attentive and included a gift of a small wooden box of chocolate kisses. We greatly enjoyed our meal.
I chose this restaurant to host my first planned business lunch meeting and it was perfect! Everyone enjoyed the food and delicious wine! The ambiance was perfect for a business lunch and it was quiet enough for us all to discuss topics with each other. Staff was amazing and accommodating. I would definitely recommend to all!
Food was pretty tasty but took exceedingly long to come out of the kitchen (even the wait staff acknowledged that and apologized). Both of us got a pasta dish and they were decent but not spectacular. Overall, a little bit pricey for what we got and how long it took us to get it.
Came here to celebrate a special occasion with my wife. Waiter put in the wrong order for duck breast so I got my dish while my wife waited an extra 20 minutes for hers. I felt really bad eating without her but she didn't want my pasta to get cold. In essence we each ate alone while watching the other eat. Decent food but terrible experience. I really wanted to like this restaurant on Castro.
All our selections were very well prepared and delicious. The spinach, strawberry & mango salad was fresh and tasty. Fruit was perfect degree of ripeness. Vinaigrette carefully balanced. The Fried Calamari Starter was lightly but fully dipped in a tasty batter and fried to where they weren't greasy and they stayed hot a good length of time. It is served with both tartar sauce and a spicy chili type sauce. Next time we'll remember to ask for two sides of tartar and skip the heat. Our entrees were both very pleasing: Linguini with prawns: 4 or 5 hearty sized prawns very well prepared, which means they managed to keep the prawns very lightly cooked so they remained succulent.; Breast of duck: a generous serving with a very tasty cranberry+ other fruit sauce, not too fruity nor too saucy. The duck itself extremely tender and tasty, cooked on the rare side but definitely safely cooked. Five plump little medallions of the duck, served over wild rice. We will definitely return to this active restaurant, but first we'll find out the better times to come to hopefully avoid tables of 6 and 10 business women and men, which kept the noise level more "energetic" than we care for. Prefer not to have to shout across a small table in order to talk to our dinner partner! Service prompt, alert but non-intrusive.
Absolutely delicious! Can't wait to go back again!
Four of us had tickets to Theatre Works and had a difficult time deciding among the many different entrees. Wine choices were great. We certainly will be back to try something new.
We’ve only visited a few times but each time the food, drinks and service were great. The staff are considerate and attentive but also genuine. Quaint and comfortable atmosphere, we’ll be going back soon.
Good food. I had the pistachio coated halibut which was quite good. My wife has a pasta but was disappointed in that she thought it had way too much sauce. Service and ambience were fine.
The special lamb shank is fall out of the bone, cooked to perfection.
The food was a bit pricey given it's quality. Small restaurant with a bar. A bit noisy. My friends and I had to lean in to be heard in our own discussion.
Had a good meal for our Anniversary. Staff seemed shorthanded on a Monday as there was a big party. got a little loud but not too bad. Food was excellent and service attentive despite the bigger party.The beef ribs were particularly good as was the puff pastry covered in chocolate for dessert.
Ate here prior to a theatre date - service was fairly quickly & the FOOD WAS EXCELLENT! I love staff - very giving and sociable .
Always a pleasure to eat here. Crusted Goat appetizer is always good. Lots of variety on the menu to choose from.
We've been to La Fontaine many times, and were very happy to be recognized by staff, especially since we haven't been there in some months. We were less happy with the quality of our meals this time; we brought 4 friends with us, and no-one was particularly impressed with their food. We've super loved it in the past. Half the table ordered the Salmon Wellington, and somehow it didn't please so well. One person ordered chicken paillared, which was dry.
The beef wellington was delicious, as was the clam chowder. The portions are a bit small and the prices are a bit high, but it was definitely worth it for the meal that I had.
Very nice! Sat in the front in the window. Not too loud, service was great & a nice selection of food. We’ll be back!